Almost thirteen years ago, a baby boy entered our lives. He was bright and beautiful, a bit traumatized by abandonment and ready for his forever family. There is a lot of trepidation when a person takes on the incredible role of parent for the first time, and while we hoped and prayed my sister was ready for the commitment, we also worried this boy might have a hard time fitting in and loving us.
This film made it seem like if only this rather normal man who happened to have this shocking dark side didn’t get caught, he would have been the perfect husband and father. Of course his relationship with Liz was already strained because he cheated on her, disappeared for days, stole things and threatened to “break her fucking neck” if she told anyone, threw her into a river and then gas lighted her to make her seem like she was overreacting, grew bored of her and tried to suffocate her with CO2 gas, and was… well, Ted Bundy!
Last night I dreamt I was hanging out with Stephen Colbert in some kind of awards dinner. The event was packed with celebrities, and the chief thing…… Read more “Dreams”
I believe Dr. Ford. She gave an incredibly convincing and compelling testimony. I also believe Judge Kavanaugh. He was impassioned and also did not seem to be…… Read more “Liar, Liar”
An excerpt from my upcoming novel. Recently a college graduate, twenty-two-year-old me slides the top box on the stack, tipping it forward and peeking inside. …… Read more “The Towers”
“You’re just like your father.” Usually when my mother starts this way, I know to brace myself for some kind of fiery insult, but that night after the talent show when I was a fifth grader, her tone was soft and laced with empathy. “After your highs,” she continued, “you crash hard.”
As the sun begins to set on Southern California, turning the sky a majestic amber and bringing a blanket of hush across the land, I allow myself…… Read more “Lame Claim to Fame: A Personal Account of Weird Al’s Star Ceremony”
If you’re wondering how wolfinwool.wordpress.com suddenly became sebastianshepherd.wordpress.com, this is the explanation you’ve been seeking. As a storyteller with an incredibly common name, I have christened myself…… Read more “Wolfinwool Becomes SebastianShepherd”
Let me open this with an account of the cringe-inducing “conversation” I overheard at the screening last night. Woman: “You can sit here if you’re a crazy,…… Read more “Crazy? Sure. Rich? Hell Yeah!: A Review of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’”
Outside of regimented – and oft curtailed – doses of prescribed medicine, I’ve never taken any drugs. Outside of a play I did in college, I’ve never…… Read more “A Teetotaler’s Trip to the Recreational Pot Dispensary”